With the idea of mobility evolving and impacting all facets of bus transportation, BusCon 2018 will feature all of the latest vehicles and technology, as well as host discussions on some of the hottest topics, including autonomous vehicles and electric bus usage, when it makes its return to Indianapolis’ Indiana Convention Center Oct. 1 to 3. Registration at the event begins Monday, Oct. 1 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the convention center.
BusCon offers budget-conscious bus operators extraordinary value, with a full conference pass ranging from $115 to $150, which includes two networking receptions, educational programming, the exhibit hall, and more.
In addition to taking a look at end-user usage of alternative-fueled and battery-electric vehicles, the conference will also address autonomous vehicles, including how autonomous shuttles are being used and what the future for the technology may look like as it matures, as well as the positive impact it can have on paratransit users.
As the idea of partnering grows to better provide transportation options for increased mobility and so-called complete trips, the “Forging Partnerships to Improve Mobility and Boost Ridership Session” will host a discussion on microtransit, as well as take a look at how developing partnerships can help effectively grow an operation’s paratransit coverage.
New for this year, the National Transit Institute will host two training sessions — “Overview of Transit Procurement for Senior Leadership” and “Transit Asset Management Implementation for Tier II Providers and Sponsors” — that are available for the first 50 attendees to RSVP for each. For those interested in Lithium-ion battery technology, EnerDel will host two training courses, which will provide an overview of electrochemistry and discussions on Li-ion characteristics, life expectancy, and cell components, as well as designs that make for effective and safe battery solutions.
The United Motorcoach Association will also return to BusCon with two sessions on Monday, Oct. 1, including a look at how to expand your bus operation through diversification, which is ideal for those entering the motorcoach industry or for operators looking to get into using smaller-sized vehicles.
Other topics include how to use social media to sell your company; preparing your operation for pandemics such as this past flu season; and how the evolution of bus safety technologies will impact the industry both now and in the future.
“North America’s Biggest Bus Show” offers the largest quantity and widest variety of vehicle and products on the show floor, giving attendees the chance to see more than 60 vehicles, from shuttles to motorcoaches and from public transit buses to vans, including electric, propane, and hybrid vehicles. The show floor will be open Tuesday, Oct. 2 from Noon to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m., with attendees able to use BusCon’s mobile app, which is available via iTunes or Google Play, to navigate the show.
Platinum Sponsor Forest River, a Berkshire Hathaway Co., and its six bus brands — Battisti Customs, Berkshire Coach, Elkhart Coach, Glaval Bus, Starcraft Bus, and StarTrans Bus — will mark its return to BusCon with a nearly 7,000-square-foot booth showcasing a range of vehicles suitable for a variety of public and private sector transportation providers.
Other manufacturers scheduled to display vehicles include Alexander Dennis, ARBOC Specialty Vehicles, Blue Bird Commercial, BYD, Complete Coach Works, Embassy by SVO Group, Ford Commercial Vehicles, Freightliner Custom Chassis, General Motors Fleet, Karsan/Morgan Olson, Mercedes-Benz Vans, MobilityTRANS, Motor Coach Industries, New England Wheels, New Flyer, Ram Trucks, Thomas Built Buses, XL, and more.
In addition to vehicles, many other suppliers and technology providers will be on hand to showcase all the latest solutions on the market, with more than 30 new companies taking part in this year’s BusCon. Some of those companies include technology solutions provider ViriCiti LLC; bio-decontamination system provider CURIS System; and bus-wrap company Turbo Images.
Additional new suppliers, include AM Equipment, Creative Carriage Ltd., VIS Check, and Vehicle Technical Consultants.
Attendees will also not want to miss the BusCon Breakfast Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, featuring the return of METRO’s Innovative Solutions Awards, honoring operations and their supplier partners who launched new programs that positively impacted their business. New to the program is the Transit Maintenance Director of the Year Award, which will honor two directors who have gone above and beyond to create a well-run maintenance shop. Also on hand to present awards will be the Propane Education & Research Council, who will honor operators out in front in the use of propane-fueled vehicles.
For more information and to register, visit www.BusConExpo.com or call (800) 576-8788.